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caulfield12
post Jun 19, 2017 -> 04:31 PM
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Interesting article...

http://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/1964760...seball-20-years

But as much as the game will try to become safer, the players will still be asked to play 162 games a year, not 154, not 140. That's because MLB always protects its statistics, but mostly it's because owners won't be willing to forfeit roughly $2 million to $3 million per home date. There will be no American League and National League, it will all be under one MLB. There will be no Oakland Athletics or Tampa Bay Rays. The game will not expand to Mexico or Japan or Las Vegas. Instead, it will contract from 30 to 28 teams. That will make scheduling easier and more equitable: All teams will play each other six times, 27 times six equals 162. The top 10 teams in the game will make the playoffs.

Like any $10 billion industry, it will all be about revenue. That's why, long before 2037, all that space on a player's uniform will be used for free marketing and advertising purposes, la NASCAR. Indeed, put AT&T on Kris Bryant's helmet and see how many phones you sell the next day. We're already there with special uniforms used on holidays, etc.; it will only be expanded to the point that players will become walking billboards. And all teams will have lucrative naming rights for ballparks, including Fenway and Wrigley.
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post Jun 20, 2017 -> 07:10 AM
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Really interesting stuff. I agree with the dissolution of the leagues. If that were to happen, we're talking league-wide DH.

I would be interested in seeing the data regarding on-jersey advertising. I'm a soccer fan but I'm not convinced that I will go buy a jeep because Juventus wears Jeep on their uniforms.
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post Jun 20, 2017 -> 07:35 AM
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I love the idea of playing every team every season. Gets boring seeing the Tigers, Indians, Twins and Royals all the time.
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post Jun 20, 2017 -> 11:21 AM
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post Jun 20, 2017 -> 11:24 AM
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QUOTE (Sox-35th @ Jun 20, 2017 -> 08:10 AM) *
Really interesting stuff. I agree with the dissolution of the leagues. If that were to happen, we're talking league-wide DH.

I would be interested in seeing the data regarding on-jersey advertising. I'm a soccer fan but I'm not convinced that I will go buy a jeep because Juventus wears Jeep on their uniforms.

Or eliminating the DH.

This all implies going back to the 1950 and 60's prior to division. Have the top X number of teams make the playoffs. What's new is old.
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post Jun 20, 2017 -> 11:42 AM
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The answer is obvious:

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post Jun 20, 2017 -> 12:43 PM
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QUOTE (ptatc @ Jun 20, 2017 -> 12:24 PM) *
Or eliminating the DH.

This all implies going back to the 1950 and 60's prior to division. Have the top X number of teams make the playoffs. What's new is old.


They still had AL and NL and only one team made it from each league.
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post Jun 20, 2017 -> 01:13 PM
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QUOTE (Harry Chappas @ Jun 20, 2017 -> 01:43 PM) *
They still had AL and NL and only one team made it from each league.

right they had two leagues but no divisions. The league played every other team in the league evenly instead of divisional play.

As far as only one team, that's why I added the X number of teams. Play would return to that format only more teams would make the "playoffs" and there would be the multiple rounds instead of just the World series.
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post Jun 20, 2017 -> 01:15 PM
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QUOTE (soxfan2014 @ Jun 20, 2017 -> 08:35 AM) *
I love the idea of playing every team every season. Gets boring seeing the Tigers, Indians, Twins and Royals all the time.

This. The White Sox BY FAR have the worst travel schedule in terms of exciting destinations.

QUOTE (ptatc @ Jun 20, 2017 -> 12:24 PM) *
Or eliminating the DH.

This all implies going back to the 1950 and 60's prior to division. Have the top X number of teams make the playoffs. What's new is old.

Baseball will never eliminate the DH. The pitcher batting in the NL is a blemish in an otherwise universal adoption of the DH. Also, you are never, ever going to get the players union to agree to eliminating the DH as the long term DH's strengthen the union and the position extends careers.
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post Jun 20, 2017 -> 01:33 PM
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QUOTE (Sox-35th @ Jun 20, 2017 -> 02:15 PM) *
This. The White Sox BY FAR have the worst travel schedule in terms of exciting destinations.


Baseball will never eliminate the DH. The pitcher batting in the NL is a blemish in an otherwise universal adoption of the DH. Also, you are never, ever going to get the players union to agree to eliminating the DH as the long term DH's strengthen the union and the position extends careers.

This would be a bargaining point between the union and the league. If there was an increase in travel due to the elimination of the the division, the DH would be a bargaining point.

i don't ever see the league eliminating the divisions just for this reason. The travel would drive the players and the union nuts. There are enough complaints now. At least they eliminated the goofy two day series. working in the MLB was a blast except for the travel. that's the part that makes baseball such a physically and mentally draining sport.
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post Jun 20, 2017 -> 01:57 PM
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QUOTE (ptatc @ Jun 20, 2017 -> 02:33 PM) *
This would be a bargaining point between the union and the league. If there was an increase in travel due to the elimination of the the division, the DH would be a bargaining point.

i don't ever see the league eliminating the divisions just for this reason. The travel would drive the players and the union nuts. There are enough complaints now. At least they eliminated the goofy two day series. working in the MLB was a blast except for the travel. that's the part that makes baseball such a physically and mentally draining sport.


The two day series hasn't been completely eliminated, as the Sox have 2 of them this year, both against the Dodgers, but I hadn't realized how far they'd cut back on that. That is awesome. Two day series suck, especially when the second game gets rained out.
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post Jun 20, 2017 -> 02:48 PM
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QUOTE (witesoxfan @ Jun 20, 2017 -> 01:57 PM) *
The two day series hasn't been completely eliminated, as the Sox have 2 of them this year, both against the Dodgers, but I hadn't realized how far they'd cut back on that. That is awesome. Two day series suck, especially when the second game gets rained out.


And the Cubs, technically...
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post Jun 21, 2017 -> 02:44 PM
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QUOTE (caulfield12 @ Jun 20, 2017 -> 03:48 PM) *
And the Cubs, technically...


Yeah, but I didn't consider that because it's 2 series back to back in Chicago, so essentially just a 4 game home and away.
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